One Foot in Front of the Other: A Podiatry Collection

One Foot in Front of the Other: A Podiatry Collection

If You Wear High Heels, Take These Precautions

by Elijah Turner

Most people are aware that high heels aren't great for their feet. They force you to walk on the balls of your feet rather than your heels. They put a lot of pressure on your toes and don't allow your Achilles tendon to properly support your foot. But what if, in spite of knowing these facts are true, you decide to still wear high heels on a somewhat regular basis? Then, it's a good idea to compromise by taking extra good care of your feet. Here's how you can do that.

Get custom orthotics made.

Visit a podiatrist or foot doctor office and have some custom orthotics made for your shoes. They'll fit you a lot better than the ones you can buy over-the-counter at the pharmacy. In designing them, your podiatrist can take into account any foot problems that you may be starting to develop. For instance, if you have the beginnings of a bunion, they can make you an orthotic that will take the pressure off your big toe and hopefully keep that bunion from getting any worse. 

Have your toenails trimmed by a foot doctor.

Ingrown toenails are a really common problem in people who wear high heel. They result from a combination of pressure on the nails from the heels, and improper nail trimming. You are better off preventing them in the first place, since they can be really painful and tough to treat. Have a foot doctor trim your nails once or twice a year. They'll shape the nail in a way that makes the edges less likely to dig into your flesh. You can then follow their same, established trimming pattern at home. If you ever do start to develop an ingrown nail, back off from wearing heels and see the foot doctor from a trim-up promptly.

Massage your feet.

One of the best ways to counteract the circulation-limiting effects of wearing high heels is to massage your feet. This will increase circulation to help prevent muscle soreness and other problems. You can massage your feet yourself. Simply apply some massage oil or even lotion, and start by rubbing in a circular motion. Increase the pressure as you go. Every month or two, you may want to see a professional for a more intense massage. Your foot doctor should be able to recommend someone. 

Wearing high heels is not great for your feet, but if you do want to wear them, you can reduce your risk of problems by following the advice above.


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One Foot in Front of the Other: A Podiatry Collection

Walking is simple, right? You just put one foot in front of the other. This can be harder than it sounds if your feet are sore or plagued by ailments like bunions, hammertoe, or plantar fasciitis. If you've ever struggled to simply put one foot in front of the other, you're familiar with this unique pain and frustration. Thankfully, podiatrists have solutions for most common foot ailments. In the articles we've collected here, you can learn all about those solutions, and also about podiatrists in general. We hope that by being more informed, you can take a more preventative approach to foot care also also know what to expect when you seek treatment.